My name is Katie. I was born in Japan.

I am a second-year PhD student in Sociolinguistics, a Japanese language teacher and baker based in England and Tokyo.

After having studied Linguistics at university, I worked for a software company in Tokyo. Although I had always nurtured a childhood dream of living overseas, in my twenties, I was far too busy with long hours of work, and the years went by rather quickly.

In 2012, I studied abroad for a few months in Oxford, England to brush up my English skills. The following year, I spent three months studying more proficient skills in business in Montreux, Switzerland; the year after that, I resumed my stay in Switzerland to study them further.

In 2015, I finally started my full-time studies at a graduate school in England. I am now based in Norfolk, England, doing my PhD studies in Health Communication and teaching Japanese language and culture at university.

This blog has been devoted to sharing my experiences of full-time PhD study and fieldwork, my ruminations on communication, language and living abroad, and personal facets such as house tidying, cooking and baking.

I first began blogging in 2013 when I was studying in Switzerland. However, I closed it down to switch over to WordPress and started this blog in 2016. Although the archives of this blog started in autumn 2016, I have retained my blog posts since my time in Switzerland and Tokyo and hope to share with you, a number of things I have learnt about business, study and life in general.

1 October 2018


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